Territory in northwest South America, ruled since 1991 by the República de Colombia


Colombia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia (Spanish: República de Colombia), is a unitary constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments. The country is located in northwestern South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the north by the Caribbean Sea; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. Colombia has maritime borders with Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Colombia is the 26th largest country by area and the fourth largest in South America after Brazil, Argentina and Peru. With over 46 million people, Colombia is the 27th largest country in the world by population and has the second largest population of any Spanish-speaking country in the world, after Mexico. It is also the only country in South America having coasts in the Pacific Ocean and in the Atlantic Ocean. Colombia is a middle power, with the fourth largest economy in Latin America, and the third largest in South America. Colombia is famous for the production of coffee, flowers, emeralds, coal and oil, all of these part of the primary sector of economy. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Colombia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 63, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 4
"The peace process between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dominated the political environment in 2015. For much of the year, the peace talks appeared to be on a downward trajectory, and progress on the most sensitive issue— accountability for crimes committed during Colombia's five decades of armed conflict—appeared stagnant. The talks reached a nadir following a FARC attack in April that killed 10 soldiers and prompted a government offensive that included extensive bombardment of FARC camps."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.41, Rank: 111, Personal Freedom: 6.40, Economic Freedom: 6.43, Democracy Index: 5.99
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.43, Rank: 116


Right and Simple, by Charley Reese, 30 Dec 2006
Discusses the proposition that "the right thing to do is both simple to state and simple to understand" in the context of the drug war and the political situation in Venezuela, Colombia and the United States
"Colombia, now in its fourth decade of civil war, was unstable long before Hugo Chavez even graduated to long pants. ... How much more insane can it be for courts in this country to routinely give celebrities a slap on the wrist for possession and use of cocaine while the U.S. government encourages a murderous, billion-dollar war in Colombia against the drug cartels?"